United States Army veteran, IFBB Pro Men’s Physique competitor, and 4x Olympian, Jeremy Potvin, has officially joined Axe & Sledge Supplements as a sponsored athlete! We couldn’t be more excited to have Jeremy a part of our team, he’s one of the hardest working competitors in the sport, is extremely humble, down to earth, and shares similar values to Axe & Sledge. With his knowledge and level of expertise, we know that Jeremy will be a great representative of the brand.
Although Jeremy has been placed as high as 3rd in the Olympia for the Men’s Physique division, he’s decided to make the switch to Classic Physique. In order to be competitive in this new division, Jeremy is looking to gain more size, especially on his lower body.
With Jeremy’s work ethic, commitment, and mindset, we are confident he will be very competitive in the Classic Physique division within the next few years. The entire Axe & Sledge team is here to support Jeremy throughout the process and are excited to see what he brings to the stage!
Keep reading to learn more about Jeremy with this exclusive Q & A!
In-season Weight: 153 lbs
Off-season Weight: 183 lbs
Division: Men’s Physique (Transitioning to Classic Physique)
Question & Answer
Where are you from?
I was born & raised in Fort Lewis, Washington, but I currently reside in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
What got you interested in bodybuilding?
Throughout my teenage years I played soccer, but I didn’t start actually lifting weights until I enlisted in the U.S. Army. Shortly after joining the Army, I was deployed to Iraq. Fortunately, there were some gyms on base that I could train at. Bodybuilding allowed me to relieve stress in a healthy way as I was deployed.
After gaining some size and strength, I became addicted to making progress and developed a strong passion for bodybuilding.
So after returning home from Iraq, I continued to lift weights and became a personal trainer. I never even thought about competing in Men’s Physique until my friend, who also competed, convinced me to step on stage. She thought my physique was really well suited for the division and it turns out that she was right!
When did you start training for bodybuilding and when was your first competition?
I started seriously training for bodybuilding in 2012 and I competed in my first Men’s Physique show just one year later in 2013.
What’s the most difficult part of preparing for a bodybuilding competition?
The most difficult part of preparing for a bodybuilding competition is having enough mental fortitude, which is all about having the ability to focus and execute even in the face of adversity. I strongly believe that getting your mindset right is key to having a successful prep.
What does your diet consist of? (in-season vs off-season)
I primarily stick to whole foods, such as rice, cream of rice, lean protein sources, healthy fats, etc. However, unlike most bodybuilders or physique competitors, I am not a fan of vegetables. I really only eat them in the last few weeks of prep when my calories are extremely low.
The only thing that changes from in-season to off-season is the amount of food I eat. When I am prepping to step on stage, my food quantity will drastically reduce in order to shed body fat. However, I keep my protein intake high in order to retain as much muscle mass as possible.
In the off-season, my goal is to build muscle and gain weight, so the quantity of food I consume significantly increases. In summary, the food sources don’t change, but the amount of food definitely does depending on my goals.
What’s your current training split?
Ever since I started bodybuilding, I’ve always followed a “Bro Split” so I prefer to train 1-2 body parts a day.
Here’s what my current training split looks like on a weekly basis:
Monday: Accessory work & Arms
What’s your favorite body part to train?
Since I am transitioning to Classic Physique, my favorite body part to train at the moment is legs. I really want to improve my legs in order to be as competitive as possible in Classic Physique.
In terms of business, my primary goal is to launch my own training & nutrition app this year or early next year.
In terms of bodybuilding, I want to keep improving my physique and compete in my first Classic Physique show in spring/summer of 2022.
What's' your go-to cheat meal?
My go-to cheat meal is definitely Chick-Fil-A! My typical order is three chicken sandwiches, with bacon and cheese, but no pickles, fries, and an Oreo milkshake.
Do you have any hobbies outside of bodybuilding?
Outside of bodybuilding, I really enjoy being outdoors and one of my favorite things to do is go hiking.
If you could make any flavor of the Home Made Bar what would it be?
I would love to see a Cookies N’ Cream Home Made Bar!
Why did you choose Axe & Sledge supplements?
First and foremost, every supplement that I’ve tried is outstanding. I really enjoy the flavors, but above all, I really appreciate the quality, effectiveness, and look of the entire product line.
Secondly, I was drawn to Axe & Sledge because of what they stand for and represent. The values and message behind the brand align perfectly with my own. I couldn’t be more happy to work with a company that stands for integrity, pride, hard work, freedom, and service. Axe & Sledge is doing things right on every level and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.